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About 200 attend vigil for UW-Stout students who died in fire

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About 200 attend vigil for UW-Stout students who died in fire
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

About 200 people held a candle-light vigil in Menomonie Monday night, to remember the three University of Wisconsin-Stout students who died in a weekend fire.

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Christine Warloski, head of the campus ministry, said the gathering moved the community from "the darkness of tragedy to the light of hope."

Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Amanda Reif, 20, in her home town of Chaska, Minn.

The funeral for April Englund, 21, is Thursday in the St. Paul church where her father is the lead pastor.

Services are planned Friday for Scott Hams, 23, of Hayward, but those arrangements are still being made.

Investigators are still trying to determine what started the house fire; foul play is not suspected.

Englund lived there and the others were sleeping over.

City records showed that the building was inspected last fall and all the alarm systems were working.

Like Englund, most of Stout's 8,500 students live off-campus and many are taking it hard.

The school's normal counseling operations have been halted so staff members can help grieving students.

Mike Lubke, head of the Student Senate, said the tragedy is just now sinking in.

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